West Sound Wildlife Shelter has asked Inside Bainbridge to warn Island residents that a dangerous metal trap was found on a raccoon yesterday evening, October 12, near popular and heavily used Battle Point Park.
Hospital Manager and Wildlife Specialist Lynne Weber warned that the leg trap is illegal and represents a serious threat to children and pets.
According to Weber, “the young raccoon’s shoulder had been dislocated from dragging the weight of the trap around, he was starved, and where the trap was attached to his wrist the bones were smashed and the lower leg necrotic [meaning the tissue was dead].”
West Sound staff were able to catch the raccoon. After assessing his critical condition, they euthanized him.
Shot Great Blue Heron
Earlier the same day, the Shelter took in a Great Blue Heron that had been shot, a federal offense. Concerned people found it struggling in a blackberry thicket. They managed to extract it from the blackberries and contacted West Sound. So far the Heron is alive and under the care of hospital staff.
Weber is reporting both incidents to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife.
If you have information about either of these crimes, please contact West Sound Wildlife Shelter at 206-855-9057.
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Photos courtesy of West Sound Wildlife Shelter.